All That Jazz at Talking Stick
Jazz Chisholm (2015 IFA - Bahamas - $200K bonus) drilled two triples and an RBI single and scored a run and RHSP Pierce Romero tossed three innings of shutout ball, as the Diamondbacks edged the Cubs 3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action Saturday morning on Ramada Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Marcus Mastrobuoni doubled twice, walked, and scored a run and Kevonte Mitchell singled twice, stole a base, and scored a run for the Cubs in a losing cause.
Mitchell also turned-in the Defensive Play of the Game, an inning-ending run-saving diving catch on the warning track in right-centerfield in the top of the 3rd. He also started an 8-6-2 relay that cut-down a runner at home who was attempting to score from 2nd base on a double off the CF Batter's Eye (the runner went back to 2nd base to tag up before realizing that the ball was carrying over Mitchell's head, thanks to a nice catch-fake by one-time HS hoops star Mitchell).
On the negative side, Mitchell was thrown out 7-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on a line-drive single to LF with two outs in the top of the 1st, thus making the third out of the inning at 3rd base.
So I guess you have to take the good with the bad.
EXST Cubs RBI leader Isaac Paredes (2015 IFA - Mexico - $800K bonus) started his second consecutive game at 3B (he also played there in the intrasquad game on Thursday). It's very likely that he will eventually move to 3B (one scout who has been following the EXST Cubs projects Paredes as a catcher!), so the process to move him from SS to 3B may already have started. Paredes (who just turned 17 in February) is a VERY slow runner, but he has plus-HR & XBH power, he doesn't strike out a lot for a power-hitter (10% K-rate), and he has soft hands and a strong arm at SS (committing only one error so far in 15 Cactus League EXST games).
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-4 (4-3, 2B, 5-3, K)
2. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 0-4 (4-3, L-7, 4-3, K)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 2-4 (1B, 1B, E-6, F-8, R, SB)
4. Isaac Paredes, 3B: 1-4 (1B, K, 5-3, 6-3)
5. Alberto Mineo, C-DH: 0-3 (BB, 6-3, K, K, RBI)
6. Marcus Mastrobuoni, 1B: 2-3 (F-9, 2B, 2B, BB, R)
7. Roberto Caro, DH #1: 0-3 (F-7, 1-3, K, BB)
8. Kwang-Min Kwon, LF: 1-3 (P-5, HBP, 6-3, 1B)
9. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 1-4 (4-3, K, 1B, K, RBI, CS)
10. Eric Gonzalez, DH-C: 1-3 (6-3, K, 1B)
1. Manny Rondon: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 2/3 GO/AO, 61 pitches (37 strikes)
2. Andry Rondon: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 41 pitches (27 strikes)
3. Jose Leidenz: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (19 strikes)
4. Tommy Nance: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
SS Yeiler Peguero: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Kevonte Mitchell - runner thrown out 8-6-2 attempting to score from 2nd base on double off CF Batter's Eye
CUBS BASERUNNING ADVENTURES:
Kevonte Mitchell - thrown out 7-5 atempting to advance from 1st to 3rd on two-out line-drive single to LF
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
Hagsag 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
Ine of my alltime favorites.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.
crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
al kaline has died at age 85.
from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.
Charlie 4 days 16 hours ago (view)
Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.
I make more than that.
crunch 4 days 16 hours ago (view)
"Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.
The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"
Arizona Phil 6 days 5 hours ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 6 days 15 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 16 hours ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 6 days 18 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 1 week 8 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 1 week 1 day ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 1 week 4 days ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 1 week 5 days ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...